Roger Weiss. Nude Games of Distortions

“I capture fragments about the human tragedy, documenting failures and yearnings, weaknesses and strengths, pains and joys, rights violated and rights upheld. “

Photographer Roger Weiss was born in Switzerland and began experimenting with photography from an early age.

Graduated with a Mention of Excellence from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan (Italy). His curiosity for the expressions of humankind open him the path to an artistic approach. Today, he performs as an artist as well as a fashion photographer.

Roger Weiss was finding himself increasingly disassociating with the photographs depicting women, so he set out to capture the female form in a different way.

Inspired by Kintsugi, a Japanese method for repairing broken things by filling gold in the cracks, Weiss’ series called “Human Dilatations” features 250 unifying photographs that show how the female body is fragmented and then reassembled. Each photo in the series captures a body that is slightly dilated and distorted, resulting in a detailed analysis of every part of the female body. The whole series explores new perspectives of female beauty.

Human Dilatations

Human Dilatations – Compositions, Suspension and Monoliths are a glimpse of the lack the contemporary human being, bared of the two elements that distinguish his quest: the physical perfection and the actual power/role of the mind. Each image represents a body whose proportions are partially distorted and prevails over a head that dissolves, without leaving a trace.
My path began with the approach of the image of women of our times has been reduced to a pattern, a combination of codes and models that lead to the woman/individual instead of the other way around. Human Dilatations does not fear the marks of frailness of the body and its imperfections but rather encourages the female image to appear as a whole: a shape by itself, in a game of distortions that allows one to differently relate to the image, entirely detached from the stereotypical and hypocritical notion of beauty.
My challenge is to seek the essence of the female being in a dimension that goes beyond the logos, through my vision – the one of a male. In order to do so I referred to the Neolithic as a starting point. The symbolism of the Godded and the mystery around life, death and regeneration. A cycle represented by a large complex of symbols, which survived over millennia of time, and present even before the patriarchal religions. When analyzing the small statues (made of bone, stone or terracotta) dating back to the stone age I immediately perceived their pure essence and fragility.